The Beginning of a Career

One hundred years ago today, George Miksch Sutton’s first published drawing, the portrait of a captive Greater Roadrunner “in an attitude of fright,” appeared in Frank Chapman’s Bird-Lore.

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When the bird was startled by an unexpected mouse one night, the

lower mandible droop[ed], the wings lift[ed], and the tail spread to its fullest extent.

Chapman praised “Master Sutton,” then fifteen years old, as “an observant boy.”

Little did anyone know then.